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  • Kathryn Barnett
    @angelkathrynj tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-25 08:16:19 -0500
  • Kathryn Barnett
    commented 2019-01-25 08:16:13 -0500
  • Paul Vial
    commented 2019-01-15 08:58:14 -0500
    If Michiganders want to fight climate change, fix the damn roads, and still have money for schools we need to increase the gas tax.

    At 409 parts million of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere, our available time to reduce it and other greenhouse gas emissions, before unimaginable environmental and economic consequences ensue, is quickly being lost. Our public policy must be shaped in this context. We are at war and sacrifices must be made to win.

    Reasons for increasing Michigan’s gasoline and diesel tax also go beyond reducing CO2 emissions. This year the state will appropriate $150 million of income tax revenue to the Michigan Transportation Fund, in 2020 this appropriation increases to $325 million and in 2021 it increases to $600 million. These dollars are for road agencies only and not public transportation agencies. These are income tax revenue dollars that could and should be funding education and clean water infrastructure.

    At Michigan’s 2018 transportation fuel consumption quantity, a 5.9 cent per gallon increase in gasoline and diesel tax would raise $325 million and a 10.9 increase would raise $600 million. This transportation fuel tax increase is needed to facilitate greater fuel efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, pay for roads and subsidize public transportation (9% of the fuel tax is for public transportation agencies as stipulated in Michigan’s constitution).
  • Ezekiel Kooyer
    commented 2019-01-04 20:53:24 -0500
    Hello, I am a recent Political Science graduate (December 2018) from Calvin College. Throughout college, my interest has always been in clean energy and climate science. In fact, for my 251 political research class, I studied states with renewable portfolio standards and found a correlation between different policies and solar energy cost. Just reaching out to see if you had any internships or entry-level positions available in Michigan. Thank you for your time – what you guys are doing is great! Zeke.
  • Paul Vial
    commented 2018-12-19 11:38:31 -0500
    Second try worked, I’m registered for the summit. Who is coming from the Detroit area and would like to car pool?
  • Paul Vial
    commented 2018-12-19 11:12:40 -0500
    I could not submit the form to register for the Michigan Climate Action Summit, all fields were complete. Can you identify a reason as to why I could not submit?
  • Sehvilla Mann
    commented 2018-11-29 15:00:55 -0500
    Hi MICAN,


    I’m a reporter with WMUK public radio in Kalamazoo. We recently asked our listeners to send us their questions on climate change and we got many thoughtful responses. The first one we’re taking up is, “What are the primary sources of greenhouse gases in our region?” The region in this case being Southwest Michigan, approximately Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Branch counties. They also had a second question: what can be done to reduce these emissions?


    Do you have someone at your organization who could help us explore and answer these questions? I’ve done some research and have a theory of what our largest sources of greenhouse gases in the region are, but I’d like to hear from an expert and also learn more about what we can do to get rid of those emissions.


    I would need to talk to someone by the end of next week (the 7th) to meet my deadline. Should take more than 20 minutes of their time.


    Thanks for your consideration!


    Best wishes,


    Sehvilla Mann

    News Producer

    WMUK 102.1 FM
  • Nick Schroeder
    commented 2018-11-24 11:34:51 -0500
    I’ll plow this plowed ground and beat this dead horse yet some more. Maybe somebody will step up and ‘splain scientifically how/why I’ve got it wrong – or not.


    Radiative Green House Effect theory (TFK_bams09):


    1) 288 K – 255 K = 33 C warmer with atmosphere, RGHE’s only reason to even exist – rubbish. (simple observation & Nikolov & Kramm)

    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6465958633963347968

    But how, exactly is that supposed to work?


    2) There is a 333 W/m^2 up/down/”back” energy loop consisting of the 0.04% GHG’s that absorbs/”traps”/re-emits per QED simultaneously warming BOTH the atmosphere and the surface. – Good trick, too bad it’s not real, thermodynamic nonsense.

    And where does this magical GHG energy loop first get that energy?


    3) From the 16 C/289 K/396 W/m^2 S-B 1.0 ε ideal theoretical BB radiation upwelling from the surface. – which due to the non-radiative heat transfer participation of the atmospheric molecules is simply not possible.


    No BB upwelling & no GHG energy loop & no 33 C warmer means no RGHE theory & no CO2 warming & no man caused climate change.


    Got science? Bring it!!


    Nick Schroeder, BSME CU ‘78, CO PE 22774


    Experiments in the classical style:

    https://principia-scientific.org/debunking-the-greenhouse-gas-theory-with-a-boiling-water-pot/


    No 33 C and K-T

    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6466699347852611584
  • Wendy Berg
    commented 2018-11-07 16:20:17 -0500
  • Jesse Szarowicz
    commented 2018-10-01 14:49:17 -0400
    Good afternoon,


    My name is Jesse Szarowicz, and I’m with Lyman Briggs College of Science within Michigan State University. I am conducting a study on environmental groups in Michigan, specifically on how they frame their message in order to gain public support via funding or legislative activity. I was wondering if you could take the time to answer some questions to help assist me in the study. I have numbered the questions and put them in the body of this email. If you could take the time and answer them to the best of your ability as soon as possible that would be wonderful. All responses will be kept anonymous, so no need to worry about that. If there are any questions you feel you are unwilling or unable to answer please just let me know, but I ask you answer what you can— any data is helpful.



    Here are the questions:



    1) What part or parts of the Michigan ecosystem is your group primarily focused on protecting?


    2) Why do you think it is important to protect this part of the ecosystem? What would be the potential fallout if this part of the ecosystem failed to be conserved?


    3)How are you funded?


    4) What types of activities/Events/etc. do you host to promote your cause? In what ways to you interact with the public?


    5)Have you seen an increase, decrease, or steady level of funding and/or legislation (not necessarily successful) in the past 5 years?


    6)How do you market your mission to the public in order to gain support? How do you convince people to support your cause? Why should people care about your cause?


    7)Are you, or have your ever been, involved with legislation (not necessarily successful legislation) at any level of government?


    8) What kind of fields do your staff come from? Are they scientists? Volunteers? Activists? etc.


    9)What are your organization’s goals for the next few years?





    Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for your participation, I appreciate it very much. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me via email or phone.



    Best,



    Jesse Szarowicz

    Lyman Briggs College


    Michigan State University

    szarowi3@msu.edu

    (616) 283-5817
  • Newaygo County Climate March Wagoner
    commented 2018-08-20 15:55:25 -0400
    Newaygo County is having a People’s Climate March on Saturday, September 8 from 11am – 1pm. We would love to have someone from MICAN speak – we are seeking speakers for just 5-7 minutes before and after our march. Please let me know if there is someone with whom I can speak about this. Also, how do I post our event on the website? I have created a log in. We are hoping this march will spur a citizens and environmental organization coalition in our county to increase awareness, inform the community and encourage action for care and sustainability. Thank you!
  • Jaideep Visave
    commented 2018-08-08 15:54:20 -0400
    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am having 7 years of work experience in India where I managed the DRR/CCA centre at district level and 2 years in Italy, in Disaster risk reduction/CCA area. I would like to be a volunteer to MICAN in program management or research projects. I want my knowledge to be utilised at international level with sharp mind.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Yours Sincerely,
  • Susan Patricia steig
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-07 12:08:36 -0500
    Thank you for help with the livestream!!!
  • Susan Patricia steig
    @SteigSusan tweeted link to this page. 2018-02-07 12:08:29 -0500
  • Donald Zepeda
    commented 2018-01-23 21:48:38 -0500
    Oops. I see the Lansing Climate Action events now. Apologies about that. I’m still trying to do what I can to flesh out that list more, though. Tomorrow Lansing for Revolution has this—

    facebook.com/events/141970289931657 . Jan 26 the Sierra Club has this— facebook.com/events/398774547243782 . To get the kind of climate policy we need to minimize damages, we’ll need a movement of significant size and stature. These events should be useful for achieving that end.
  • Donald Zepeda
    commented 2018-01-23 20:55:06 -0500
    Alright, so I found your Events page. You don’t mention Sierra Club, Sunrise, 350, CCL, or GLREA events relating to climate action. I’ll get to work compiling what I can from these folks of this year. Please let me know if I’m forgetting anybody. Thanks.
  • Donald Zepeda
    commented 2018-01-23 19:04:30 -0500
    Hi MICAN,


    I’m in Washington at the moment. I’ve found this link to be very useful during my time here— http://350seattle.org/calendars/. Do you know how we could set up one of these for Michigan, or is that something I should just ask 350Seattle directly? Also, do you know if there’s any Midwest Climate Action group for our region like there is a Cascadia Climate Action group for this region?


    Please let me know as soon as you’re able to. Thank you,


    Donald Zepeda


    Lansing Climate Action/Lansing 350
  • Donald Zepeda
    commented 2017-12-28 22:12:10 -0500
    Hi MICAN,


    Are you interested in this?


    https://www.theclimatemobilization.org/implementation-plans


    Let me know as soon as you’re able to. Thank you,


    Donald Zepeda

    donaldjdz@protonmail.com
  • Donald Zepeda
    @donaldjdzepeda tweeted link to this page. 2017-09-14 16:30:18 -0400
  • William Wells
    commented 2017-08-29 11:06:20 -0400
    There is a solution to this problem that has been used successfully for years. But it is expensive a pipe is placed around the existing pipe line, it is then pressurerized and held at a set pressure the exterior line is then covered with a synthetic that repels growth of foreign bodies that might harm the pipe line while they are installing this boot they clean and repair the existing line. I am 72 and have many health problems but I have a sharp mind. And if you like what I say contact me.
  • William Wells
    commented 2017-08-29 11:05:24 -0400
    There is a solution to this problem that has been used successfully for years. But it is expensive a pipe is placed around the existing pipe line, it is then pressurerized and held at a set pressure the exterior line is then covered with a synthetic that repels growth of foreign bodies that might harm the pipe line while they are installing this boot they clean and repair the existing line. I am 72 and have many health problems but I have a sharp mind. And if you like what I say contact me.
  • Annie Gilson
    commented 2017-08-15 16:04:11 -0400
    I run the Department of English’s internship program at Oakland University. I was wondering if you need interns. I might be able to place students with you if you do. I am also interested in volunteering myself.
  • Michael Macaluso
    commented 2017-08-10 14:59:01 -0400
    Hello,

    My name is Michael Macaluso and I am this year’s organizer of Michigan Sociological Association being held in Grand Rapids Michigan at Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids) on October 27th and 28th. Our conference theme this year is Environmental Justice with Keynote Dr. Paul Mohai. I was wondering if the information could be posted on your webpage or FB page? If that is a possibility, please let me know what information is needed and any costs involved. All the flyers and calls are complete and I can send the information.


    Thank you very much for your time.


    Michael Macaluso

    Affiliate Professor

    Sociology Department

    Grand Valley State University

    Email: macalusm@gvsu.edu

    Phone: 616-331-2871
  • Thomas S Stanton
    commented 2017-04-26 17:12:02 -0400
    MICAN — no march in Lansing on Saturday? I’m ready to march! What time and where?
  • Theodore Converse Jr.
    commented 2017-04-26 14:51:49 -0400
    Hello! I recently registered Grand Rapids to be a Sister March for People’s Climate March. I understand the previous one was cancelled. I wanted to let anyone interested know it’s back on.


    Here’s the link to the PCM event page: https://actionnetwork.org/events/peoples-climate-march-grand-rapids-mi


    Thank you!
  • Ron Tschudy
    commented 2017-04-10 22:36:46 -0400
    Did you just get something from me? I’m not sure it went out. If you did, don’t post it publicly; just, please, respond to my two questions. If you didn’t, please tell me and I’ll try again.
  • Ron Tschudy
    commented 2017-04-10 22:33:32 -0400
    Two questions.

    1) I am on the Antrim County Planning Commission, and we are re-writing our master plan. I have written something on climate change for the plan (which the group will consider in May) but wonder if you have something you’ve done you could send me. I would still use my own words, but your ideas would be helpful, I’m sure. 2) Has anyone crunched the numbers to determine whether, say, northern lower Michigan, is carbon positive, negative or near neutral? That is, whether our forests and farming eat up some (how much?) of the CO2 and methane our cars, buildings (heating), manufacturing, meth labs, etc. produce.
  • Mark Willing
    commented 2017-04-05 14:25:01 -0400
    The Trump administration’s goal of a “smaller” Federal government, restructuring, and realignment, etc. has left us with this sense that the states have been nearly abandoned with regards to environmental protection. The recent interview on Fox News between Chris Wallace and EPA director Scott Pruitt reinforces this idea, but two points made by Mr. Pruitt made clear that, one, that the EPA has only powers given to them through Congress which may limit the power of enforcement at the state level, and two, his goal to put more of the environmental responsibility and enforcement upon the individual states. That said, like it or not, do not expect the Federal government to fund important environmental projects within the individual states. Instead of protesting, having marches in Washington DC, and asking for donations to pursue Federal legislation changes,…as Michiganders, need to put our energy and money towards Michigan. If we don’t want fracking or more pipelines in Michigan, that’s our business, and we need to do something about it. If we want the pipeline under the Mackinac strait shut down, we need to do it. If we want more state incentives for residential and commercial solar projects, we need to do it. If we want to clean up agricultural water run-off, we need to do it. To be crass, "F**k the Federal government! Stop wasting our energy and money on them. Let’s focus on what we can do within Michigan. Give our own Department of Environment and other state regulatory agencies the legal power and authority to enforce state legislation. To be quite frank, I have made a point of resisting all these “donate now” e-mails I receive that want to focus on blocking the Trump administration. At least until 2018 primaries, there is nothing we can do with regards to this. I would, however, put my money and energy towards forward progress of environmental issues within Michigan. Get the word out on the media outlets, make people aware, and then push the agenda within Michigan.
  • Donald Zepeda
    commented 2017-03-21 18:28:31 -0400
    Hey, MICAN. We have a bus coming from Lansing to head out to the People’s Climate March in DC, 4/29 (we’ll leave late 4/28.) — https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peoples-climate-march-tickets-32964431502 . It can fit 56 people, and we’re trying to fill every seat. If y’all know anybody who might be interested, feel free to pass it around. Questions can be fielded to https://www.facebook.com/PCM.MidMichigan/ or facebook.com/lansing350, or you can just respond here. Thank you.
  • Rob Chasen
    commented 2017-03-20 16:03:19 -0400
    The Rally bus platform enables us to easily add stops if there are other cities that you expect demand – we can add very easily, just let me know what other cities to add. If it turns out demand is lackluster, no harm no foul (but we are seeing lots of bookings from MI). Feel free to touch base to discuss this or other aspects of Rally’s service.


    Best,

    Rob

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